I’m not sure how it happened. I blame my kids. They started bringing hummus home. I tried to ignore it as I was sure I wouldn’t like anything that was made with garbanzo beans – the ugliest beans on the planet.
Several years later, I visited my friend on her birthday and her husband had the party catered with shawarma and hummus and a whole lot of wonderful. That. That was the day I finally tried and fell in love with hummus and shawarma and hummus.
Recently some garbanzo beans fell into my lap so I decided to share my hummus recipe with you. It’s not expensive and it’s not difficult to make. You can serve it with veggies, crackers, chips, and even, well, shawarma. I just love saying shawarma.
The other thing that’s cool about the shawarma, I mean, hummus, is that you can add yummy stuff to the garbanzos when you put them in the food processor… red peppers or cilantro or sauteed mushrooms or olives or jalapenos.
Get your shawarma ready. Here we go…
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 20 ounces drained garbanzo beans
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- About 1 teaspoons salt, to taste
- Pepper or white pepper to taste, if desired
Place sesame seeds in a saute pan and warm over medium heat. They will begin to omit a pleasant aroma & perhaps tan a bit. After they do this, place them in a large food processor, let them cool, then grind them up. Add the 4 tablespoons of the olive oil and continue blending. Add garbanzos, lemon juice, water, and seasonings. Blend until delightfully smooth.
For parties, chop up some fresh herbs or tomatoes to add some pleasant color to the top of the ugliest beans in the world.